As temperatures moved through the 40s on Tuesday, those in the Finger Lakes were reminded that the cold weather would be making a return — at least once more — on Wednesday.
Lake effect snow will develop overnight behind an arctic cold front, according to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil.
That front won’t move through the area until after 9 pm, but behind it temperatures will fall into the 20s, kicking up intense winds. It will again, be a major change for those in the region, who have been unable to get used to the roller coaster ride of a weather pattern the last few weeks.
“Once the front moves through, temperatures will quickly fall back through the 20s. By sunrise, most areas will likely be in the mid or upper teens.
Some scattered flurries will accompany the front, but generally speaking, the front will come through with little fanfare.
However, the cold north-northwest winds behind the front will kick up some lake effect snow. The areas most favored for snow will be the central Finger Lakes between midnight and 6 am. Accumulations during this time frame will generally only be an inch or two.
Towards the early morning hours, winds may take on an alignment favorable for lake effect snow off of the Finger Lakes, especially Cayuga Lake. A couple more inches could fall in areas directly south-southeast of Seneca, Cayuga, and perhaps Owasco and Skaneateles Lakes.
The lake effect should end by noon, but it will not be due to a lack of cold and wind.
High temperatures Wednesday afternoon will only top out near 20 degrees. Winds gusting between 30-40 mph will produce wind chill values that are hardly above zero degrees.
The temperature itself will likely fall to or below zero for some of the colder areas by Thursday morning as skies clear and winds lessen overnight. Most locations will end up in the single digits.”